Books Movies and Basketball

Books Movies and Basketball
  • Hustle

    Hustle

    Hustle is a mediocre movie but an excellent basketball movie and, if you like watching good basketball, a hell of a lot of fun.

  • Warriors vs Celtics in the NBA Finals, after two games

    Warriors vs Celtics in the NBA Finals, after two games

    In final quarters of both the first two games of the current NBA finals, there was a moment when the losing side very clearly signalled their defeat…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    This movie is basically Hamlet adapted into two hours of brutal, bloody pup play.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    If you told Hollywood would score a three-hour superhero movie exclusively with a bombastic orchestral cover of a Nirvana track, I would not have guessed the track they’d use would be Underneath the Bridge. This movie *looked* great. Unfortunately, it was let down by two massive, fatal flaws.

  • Thoughts on the 2022 NBA Playoffs, part way through the third round

    Thoughts on the 2022 NBA Playoffs, part way through the third round

    Before the playoffs began, I picked Milwaukee to come out of the East, and predicted a Suns-Warriors WCF with the Grizzlies as potential spoilers. Well, the Warriors did survive a tough Memphis team to make the WCF, but the Suns and Bucks both fell in the second round. What happened?

  • A conversation about Auntie Diaries between two transgirls, one who is a fan of Kendrick Lamar, the other who has never listened to him before.

    A conversation about Auntie Diaries between two transgirls, one who is a fan of Kendrick Lamar, the other who has never listened to him before.

    Me: “So I really like this song, I think it has problems but I’m cool with them. But like, maybe I’m just cool with it because I’m already a fan of Kendrick? So I need your input here.”

  • My Favourite Films of 2020 and 2021

    In the first year of covid, there was no Cannes, a highly truncated NZIFF, and many of the big releases planned for that year got pushed back. In 2021, there was just as much covid, but the Cinematic Powers That Be realised they couldn’t starve us of content for two years straight. Anyway, long story short, this time my annual end-of-year movie round-up is two years long, although only two of my top fourteen were films I watched in 2020. 

  • Tristan-Cordelia’s Favourite Films of 2019

    Here are some words (okay, a LOT of words) about my ten favourite films of the year, broken down into three categories; plus some honourable mentions, and occasional rants about films I either wasn’t entirely in love with, or just downright detested. CLASS & FAMILY Six of my favourite films of 2019, plus a couple more pretty good ones, were about families: their protagonists struggling to belong to, or fight for, the families they find themselves a part of; and, to varying degrees, about class, and how their family is affected by its position within the class structure of their wider society.

  • Tristan-Cordelia’s Favourite Films of 2018

    Slightly late because I initially wrote 6000+ words, which is too much for anyone to actually read, so I cut half of the words out. 2018 was slightly weaker than the previous four years for which I’ve done these lists, yet there were still plenty of films I really liked. For the first time I’m going to do a “worst film of the year”, and also show some of my favourite costumes.

  • Tristan-Cordelia’s Favourite Films of 2017

    I was meaning to write this up and publish it a week ago, but was too busy playing Witcher 3. So here we go, my annual unrequested, unnecessary and overlong review of my favourite movies of the year! The first ten are my top ten (not necessarily in order), the rest are… also really good. This list is more-or-less spoiler free, in that when I discuss endings I do so in vague terms, so that only readers who have seen the film in question will understand what I’m getting at.

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